This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, ... See full summary »


Kirk Browning


Thornton Wilder (play)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Spalding Gray ... Stage Manager
James Rebhorn ... Dr. Gibbs
Atticus Brady Atticus Brady ... Joe Crowell / Si Crowell
John Griesemer John Griesemer ... Howie Newsome
Frances Conroy ... Mrs. Gibbs
Roberta Maxwell ... Mrs. Webb
Eric Stoltz ... George Gibbs
Lydia Kelly Lydia Kelly ... Rebecca Gibbs
Shane Culkin Shane Culkin ... Wally Webb
Penelope Ann Miller ... Emily Webb
Bill Alton Bill Alton ... Prof. Willard
Peter Maloney ... Mr. Webb
Steven Goldstein ... Belligerent man
Jeff Weiss Jeff Weiss ... Simon Stimson
Marcell Rosenblatt Marcell Rosenblatt ... Mrs. Soames


This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, early in the 20th century. Act 1 presents an ordinary day in the life of the town. Act 2 carries the story forward with the courtship and marriage of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. Act 3 makes everything that has gone before seem pointless, but at the same time, ironically, it validates the earlier scenes. Emily has died while giving birth to her second child. During and after her funeral, she converses with other dead persons in the cemetery. She then gets permission to return briefly to life but finds it's not what she thought it would be. It goes too fast, and people don't have time to look at one another. "This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying." That's how the Stage Manager, an all-knowing character who serves as the ... Written by Wayne 119

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3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eric Stolz was nominated for the 1989 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "Our Town" as George Gibbs and recreated the role in the filmed production. See more »


Mrs. Soames: Don't know when I've seen such a lovely wedding. But I always cry. Don't know why it is, but I always cry. I just like to see young people happy, don't you? Oh, I think it's lovely.
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Version of Art Carney Special: Our Town (1959) See more »

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2 July 2001 | by k hSee all my reviews

This is just a great great filmed version of a great great play. Watching it was amazing because I've seen this play so many times, and yet for some reason they found a new better way of doing it. Spalding Grey is an inspired choice for the Stage Manager, he's sharp and prickly and much darker than the old friendly guy who usually plays this part. And Penelope Anne Miller and Eric Stoltz as Emily and George are just fantastic, I was very moved by the famous 'soda fountain scene', that if done poorly can ruin the play. The third act with the dead was very moving, I just can't say enough good things about this version of Our Town. Track it down, you won't be sorry.

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